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Scattering Ashes Haiku

Scattering Ashes versus Chatgpt in a Haiku Competition

Right! I thought I would challenge AI to come up with a better Haiku poem than me for scattering ashes over water.

Here is my attempt:

Two November girls

scatter his ashes at sea;

sad wild waves thunder.

This is what the Deus Ex Machina came up with:

Gentle waves embrace,
Ashes drift to sea, at peace,
Whispers of the past.

First off I didn’t say I was an expert at creating or judging. However whilst I find the bot-created a bit contrived it is good, better probably. Oh well.

What is a Haiku and Its Significance in an Ashes Ceremony

A Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry that consists of three lines. The structure is simple, with the first and third lines having five syllables each, and the middle line having seven syllables. Despite its brevity, a Haiku captures profound moments and emotions, often inspired by nature.

The Meaning of Haiku in an Ashes Ceremony

In the context of an ashes ceremony, a Haiku can hold significant meaning. The simplicity and depth of a Haiku allow it to encapsulate the essence of a moment, a memory, or a feeling. When scattering ashes over water, a Haiku can serve as a poignant tribute to a loved one, reflecting the beauty and serenity of the act.

The Benefits of Using Haiku in an Ashes Ceremony

  1. Simplicity and Depth: The concise nature of a Haiku allows it to convey deep emotions without the need for many words. This simplicity can be comforting and powerful during a ceremony.
  2. Connection with Nature: Haikus traditionally focus on nature, making them particularly fitting for an ashes ceremony held over water. They can mirror the peaceful setting and the natural cycle of life and death.
  3. Personal Tribute: Writing a Haiku for the ceremony can be a personal and meaningful way to express your feelings and honour your loved one. It becomes a unique part of the memorial, crafted from your own reflections and emotions.

This Haiku captures the serene and reflective nature of scattering ashes over water. It evokes a sense of calm and continuity, offering a moment of peace and remembrance.

Incorporating Haiku into the Ceremony

  • Reading Aloud: The Haiku can be read aloud during the ceremony, providing a moment of reflection and connection.
  • Printed Programmes: Include the Haiku in the ceremony programmes or memorial cards as a lasting tribute.
  • Personal Creation: Encourage family members and friends to write their own Haikus, sharing personal memories and sentiments.

Using a Haiku in an ashes ceremony can add a layer of meaning and beauty to the occasion, making it a memorable and heartfelt tribute to a loved one.

By the way we do recommend using a water urn when scattering over water…


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